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FILM / SCORPIO RISING

Posted on 21 January 2016

S c o r p i o   R i s i n g

by Kenneth Anger, 1964

 

Here at Dolores Haze, we stand for equality. We stand for breaking down gender stereotypes and for being oneself. Kenneth is the perfect example of breaking those boundaries.

Made in the early 60's, Kenneth anger's film 'Scorpio Rising', is a force to be reckoned with, evoking a sense of passionate instinctually through symbolism and juxtaposition. And visually inspiring the hell out of us. 

 

 

Made in the early 60's, it plays tribute to the infatuation of the 50's male sex icon, a la James Dean, Marlon Brando and other leather-clad men.  Ripped denim jeans, motorcycles and bare chested males, Kenneth sexualizes the men with provocative costume, while using camera techniques to portray an almost manipulative yet convincing audience gaze.

 

The way Anger uses the first few shots to portray a certain voyeuristic attitude for the audience's 'gaze,' is paramount to the film and entirely thoughtful of the ironic themes of gender juxtaposition.  Presenting visuals of leather clad, motorcycle riding and stereotypically "sexy" men, playing flirty and typically feminine pop music. 

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This juxtaposition implies a power of the appearance and it is inspiring to see how much an outfit can change your mood and fuel your inner goddess. 

 
 
 Inspired by the film
 

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